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Journeys : Dec2011 Jan2012
How we helped. RACT Breakdown Statistics July 2011 – September 2011 20792 5292 1775 1069 462 329 calls from stranded motorists (an average of 226 calls to 13 11 11 each day) battery related incidents (26.14% of total jobs) lockouts (8.77% of total jobs) wheel and tyre incidents (5.25% of total jobs) out of fuel incidents (2.10% of total jobs) ignition related incidents (1.62% of total jobs) 3060 4861 12871 +– Worth knowing... With the significant recent increase in diesel passenger vehicle sales RACT is seeing a growing number of incidents where diesel vehicles are being filled up with unleaded petrol. RACT sees contributing factors such as very few full service petrol stations, confusing brand names of fuel types at the pump and the fact that an unleaded petrol nozzle easily fits in a diesel filler. The result of driving a modern diesel vehicle filled with unleaded can be catastrophic. We have seen bills nearing $20,000 for complete replacement engines, and these aren’t covered by any manufacturer warranty. If you fill it and realise before you drive it then the repair cost is going to be significantly less, but often the tank has to be removed and drained and all filters replaced, so bills of $1,000 are common. RACT has a device that can be fitted to most diesel vehicle filler tubes that will prevent you being able to insert the smaller unleaded nozzle. RACT Motoring and Safety Services can advise you on fitment. Want to know more? Vince Taskunas is RACT’s General Manager, Public Policy & Communications and can be contacted on 0417 005 647 or email email@example.com www.ract.com.au Follow @RACTOfficial for Twitter updates. Alphabet soup Here’s how to make sense of the Australia's Best Cars motoring acronyms. ABS Anti-lock Braking System CA Cur tain airbag KA Knee Airbag D FA Driver Front Airbag DFSA Driver Front Side Airbags ESC Electronic Stability Control ESP Electronic Stability Program TCS Traction Control System Life on the move December 2011 / January 2012 23 SAFE-T-STOP HAS ARRIVED IN TASMANIA SAFE-T-STOP Testing Centres are a new generation service centre, committed to safer motoring. These select centres all have one thing in common – They are using a PlateTronic® Safety Test Lane, which checks your car for brakes, steering and suspension problems with the latest available testing technology! BRAKE TEST Faulty or wrongly adjusted brakes cause a vehicle to lose control in a brake emergency stop. The PlateTronic measures dangerous side to side and front to rear brake imbalances, a vital safety aspect which brake inspections miss, particularly important when towing. ALIGNMENT TEST SAFE-T-STOP also saves you money. Tyres are expensive and you are losing money by replacing them too early. The PlateTronic measures both front and rear wheel alignment to guarantee maximum tyre performance. SUSPENSION TEST Worn shock absorbers increase braking distance and decrease road handling considerably. The Platetronic measures your shock absorbers’ road holding capability printed on an easy to read graph. Call us today for a thorough SAFE-T-STOP check on your car, which includes a PlateTronic Brake Test plus Front and Rear Wheel Alignment check for only $19.95 . Ensure your safety and that of your family, with the most advanced brake safety testing system in Australia *Suspension test additional $10. 6230 1901 ONLY $19.95* 6421 0208 6344 4000 Devonport
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